Loony dookers dip for dosh

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More than 60 people plunged into Campbeltown Loch as part of a bracing New Year’s Day tradition.

The sixth annual Dalintober Dip For Dosh saw more people than ever take the plunge to raise the profile of the beach’s regeneration.

The event, for which fancy dress and sponsorship have become optional, saw elves, pirates and scarecrows take to the water, while some wore traditional swimwear.

Members of the Coastguard, and RNLI and volunteers looked on from the shore and kayaks as the dippers took to the chilly water at noon.

Piper Ian McKerral stood at the end of Dalintober pier and played tunes, including Campbeltown Loch, to spur the hardy dippers into the water.

Last year, high tides meant swimmers were forced to jump off the slip but this year, the traditional run-in from the sand returned.

The sun shone and the sea remained flat calm as the challenge took place but, despite this, everybody was back on dry land within a couple of minutes.

Some were still recovering from their Hogmanay celebrations and, as is tradition, returned to the party after the dip.

The event was well supported, with hundreds of spectators lining the pier and North Shore Street offering encouragement.

The final amount raised had not been revealed as the Courier went to print.

For more photographs, turn to page 34.